I have a bell that I think is brass. On the top it is stamped with little dots, “SSS India”, and on the other side, “M554”. It is also beautifully carved/engraved with flowers and leaves. Does anyone know about how old this bell is, and if it is worth anything? I can send you a picture of it through email if it would help to anyone interested. Thanks for any help.
—originally posted by “Jeremy” on the Bell Talk Forum 11/08/04
“SSSIndia” stands for the late Sajan Singh Sarna who was a long standing ABA member and importer of Brass Bells from India. He sold the bells through his company “Bells of Sarna”. The number refers to the catalog number of the bell. I do not have a catalog to refer to. His early bells, imported in the late 1930’s-1940’s are much desired and can be quite valuable. Bells imported in the 1950’s and 1960’s were sold in large numbers and are quite available. They are still sought after by Bell Collectors, but do not bring the high prices of his early bells. During the mid-1960’s, Mr. Sarna developed health problems and turned over operation of the business to his nephew who continued to import Brass items until his death several years ago.
—original reply by “HarryLong” on the Bell Talk Forum 11/15/04